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Severn Valley Railway


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With the railway open throughout between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth again, a full season of special events is again on the calendar.

The first event in 2009 is the annual ‘1960s Transport Day’. There will be over 150 classic cars, lorries, motorcycles and a bus at various stations along the line. Names which are long-gone stir the memory – names like the Vauxhall Victor, Sunbeam Alpine, Triumph Herald and Hillman Imp. Commercials are represented by names like Bedford, Austin and Wolverhampton-based lorry builders, Guy. The 1960s era is reflected by the trains as well. Most trains are steam-hauled as usual, but they are supplemented by a 1960 built diesel railcar unit. There is a regular service over the whole line and the usual fare structure applies. There is no need to book – just turn up and pay on the day. 4

Two weekends in May see the return of that perennial children’s favourite ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’. He will be up to his usual tricks along with his many friends, all under the watchful eye of The Fat Controller. The last weekend of June and first weekend of July see the annual 1940s Weekends. Once described as “like a 16-mile long Hollywood film set”, this ever-popular event sees many visitors arriving in period clothes, some as civilians and others in a variety of military uniforms. There are re-enactments, military vehicles and displays, a recreation of a house interior from the period, airraid shelters and other period settings. There are special timetables and fares for these two events and advanced booking is recommended. This is best done on-line at

The SVR brings the seaside to the West Midlands on the first weekend in September with ‘Seaside Special’. Back by popular demand, this event recreates a bygone era when everyone used the train to go on holiday. There are named trains like “Cambrian Coast Express”, shows by Punch & Judy, sticks of rock, buckets and spades and even a ‘beach’! It’s fun for all the family, just before the children go back to school too! December brings the annual visit by Santa. Advanced booking is required and further information will be available in September.

No journey on the Railway is complete without a visit to The Engine House, the Visitor & Education Centre at Highley. Housing eight steam locomotives and other rolling stock, it tells the story of the rail-way along the valley. Buffers Café Restaurant offers fine views over the Railway and along the valley from the balcony. A small supplement is payable. With trains running every weekend, and daily May 2 to October 4, plus all school holidays, it looks like another exciting year at the Severn Valley Railway.



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Your future in the stars… ARIES Mar 21st - Apr 20th From the 3rd, Venus works its way through your sign Aries but the big plus is the angle this forges with both Mars and Jupiter, from the 10th. This can be very enabling for you and can do much for your social and romantic prospects. However, if one person seems to perfectly meet your needs stay grounded, until you’re really sure this can be lasting.

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GEMINI May 22nd - Jun 21st A change of scenery could do wonders for you this month, but if it’s not possible to achieve this that doesn’t mean that you won’t be curious and any kind of new interest, especially those with a historical or philosophical bent, can get your senses bubbling. If you do venture further afield, the companionship of one special friend can be important.

LIBRA Sep 24th - Oct 23rd February can be the month to provide the impetus for lots of your hopes. The chances are that you can be awesomely motivated and this can be a sensational month for your love life. However, the Eclipse on the 9th asks you to match inspiration with keeping one toe on the ground. Yet the chances are you will be soaring higher and higher Libra.

AQUARIUS Jan 21st - Feb 19th The Eclipse of the 9th might be depleting, but perhaps only if you’re overly idealistic. Fortunately, as far as neat energy is concerned, yours can just get stronger and stronger. In fact your challenge is going to be how you channel this productively. Avoid starting lots of new strands, narrow your focus on less and then more rewards will follow Aquarius.

CANCER Jun 22nd - Jul 23rd Finances may or may not be an immediate concern to you, but you can be highly motivated to better your lot. If you’re applying for a new job your enthusiasm can be high, but if you have an instinct for running your own enterprise, few times would be as good as this for you to purposefully power forwards. In love, a raunchy time is possible.


SCORPIO Oct 24th - Nov 22nd Your idea of the perfect home and family life may vary from another Scorpio’s. However, whatever onus you put on things can now be amplified. If you’re someone who likes to be warm and cosy, the desire to achieve this can be greater. If you like to be industrious, DIY projects can capture your imagination. Happy news can also be announced.

PISCES Feb 20th - Mar 20th Fact can seem stranger than fiction, but it’s the things going on at a more psychological level which can be so powerful. This can be especially true around your connections to others, with some links strengthening and others loosening. Positively, as you become more self-assured your cash-flow can show real signs of changing for the better.


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